Hamas calls on Egypt over border crossing

"The Palestinian people, the people of Gaza, must not pay the price for any problems or differences inside Egypt," said Ghazi Hamad.

Hamas calls on Egypt over border crossing

World Bulletin / News Desk

Hamas urged Egypt on Wednesday to reopen the border crossing with the Gaza Strip that was closed after an attack on Egyptian policemen near the frontier earlier this week.

Hamas has ruled Gaza since 2007 and has an uneasy relationship with Egypt's new army-backed leadership, which toppled elected President Mohamed Morsi, a Hamas ally, last month. Cairo has accused Hamas of interfering in Egyptian affairs and suggested that Palestinians might be helping armed groups active in the Sinai peninsula.

The Egyptian army, which has long been suspicious of Hamas, has also clamped down on smuggling tunnels that run underneath the desert border between Egypt and Gaza.

"The Palestinian people, the people of Gaza, must not pay the price for any problems or differences inside Egypt," said Ghazi Hamad, deputy foreign minister of the Hamas-run government in the territory.

"Gaza people have enough problems. This crossing should be named the crossing of humiliation and not Rafah," said Mai Jarada, a business student in Tunisia who attended a wedding in Gaza and now cannot leave the Palestinian enclave.

Some 1,200 Gaza residents used to enter Egypt daily before Morsi's ouster, but the figure has dropped to only 300 since he was deposed.

At Rafah, the main window to the world for the 1.7 million Palestinians in the Israeli-blockaded Gaza Strip, several dozen people waited in vain on Wednesday to cross the border into Egypt's Sinai.

Citing security concerns, Israel allows only a limited number of people to travel through its own passenger crossing with the Gaza Strip.

 

Güncelleme Tarihi: 21 Ağustos 2013, 17:07
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